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Obama to set out plan against Islamic State

Obama will meet congressional leaders on Tuesday to seek their support for his strategy to halt the militant Islamist group.

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A look at the week's biggest newsmakers and the stories you might have missed.

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U.S. confirms death of al-Shabab leader in Somalia air strike

Ahmed Godane, a founder of the Islamist group, was killed this week, in a major loss for the al Qaeda-affiliated organization.

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U.S. court rejects gay-marriage ban as ‘implausible’

An appeals court judge described arguments by Wisconsin and Indiana defending bans on gay marriage as "totally implausible."

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Obamacare premiums expected to decline on average

Health insurance premiums for Obamacare plans will fall slightly in many cities as competition helps drives down price.

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Survey highlights widening U.S. wealth, income gap

The gap between the richest Americans and the rest of the nation continues to show deepening income inequality.

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Obesity rates reach historic highs in more U.S. states

In more states than ever, at least 30 percent of adults are obese, according to a new, national analysis.

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More U.S. households are smoke-free

Nearly twice as many U.S. households are smoke-free compared to 20 years ago.

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U.S. tax revenue to rise if Obama legalizes some immigrants

Tax collections would get a multi-billion-dollar boost if undocumented residents were given temporary legal status, a new report claims.

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

Sotloff family mourns, challenges Islamic State to debate

The family of the second American journalist beheaded by Islamic State militants challenged the group to a debate on the teachings of the Koran.

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Protests could interrupt your lunch plans

Fast-food workers will stage protests in more than 150 U.S. cities on Thursday as they seek the right to form a union.

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USDA: 17M households are ‘food insecure’

The percentage of Americans lacking access to enough food has declined in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households.

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Gay marriage cases await early Supreme Court decision

Lawyers for Utah believe they have the perfect case to decide the hotly-contested issue of whether states can ban gay marriage.

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Obama says NATO must help strengthen Ukraine’s military

The President urged NATO to help strengthen Ukraine's military and leave the door open to counter "Russian aggression."

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Will traffic deaths rise as states legalize pot?

Safety advocates worry that drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths as states liberalize marijuana laws.

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Obama says U.S. will ‘degrade and destroy’ Islamic State

The President vows to fight Islamic State militants and seek justice for two American journalists beheaded by the group.

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Home Depot investigating data breach

Home Depot could be the latest retailer to be hit by a large-scale security breach.

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Obama increases U.S. force protecting embassy in Baghdad

An increase of about 350 troops will be sent to Baghdad to protect the U.S. Embassy in the Iraqi capital.

An overall view of the assembly line where the BMW X4 is made at the BMW manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina March 28, 2014.

Manufacturing, construction data point to sturdy U.S. growth

U.S. manufacturing activity hit a nearly 3-1/2-year high last month, a sign the economy entered the third quarter on strong footing.

A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated video posted on a social media website.

ISIS releases beheading video of American Steven Sotloff

The Islamic State militant group released a video purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven Sotloff.

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